The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to announce head coach of the Indian cricket team at 6 pm on Friday, with Ravi Shastri a runaway favourite to retain the job that he has been involved in since 2017.
Shastri has been occupying the post of the Indian team head coach after Anil Kumble stepped down from the role post-Champions Trophy 2017 due to differences with captain Virat Kohli.
The Indian team has since enjoyed a positive run, having registered a historic 2-1 Test series win over Australia Down Under and reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 ICC World Cup, aside from enjoying a dominant run on home soil.
Shastri, along with his coaching staff comprising batting coach Sanjay Bangar, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, were given a extension of 45 days after their contracts expired at the end of the World Cup.
Shastri and his staff are currently in the Caribbean, where the 'Men in Blue' remained undefeated across the limited-overs fixtures against the West Indies, winning the T20I and ODI series 3-0 and 2-0 respectively and are now scheduled to take part in a two-match Test series.
While Shastri re-applied for the job, he was joined by the likes of Tom Moody, Mike Hesson, Robin Singh, Lalchand Rajput, Phil Simmons in the race to the job. Barring Shastri, who will be interviewed via Skype, the candidates are in the process of getting interviewed by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) — comprising Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shanta Rangaswamy.
Shastri is a strong favourite for the job given his proximity to India captain Kohli, who had earlier stated he would like to see him continue in the role.
Updated Date: August 16, 2019 18:53:23 IST